More than 20 mayors from across Europe gathered to discuss the rule of law and LGBTIQ rights with European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourová, Michal Šimečka MEP of Renew Europe, and Dirk Wedel, State Secretary, Ministry of Justice of North-Rhine Westphalia.
Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová kicked off the 7th Liberal Mayors Summit with a passionate defence of the rule of law in our Union:
Michal Šimečka, MEP of the Renew Europe Group, stressed that Mayors and regional leaders have an opportunity against authoritarianism: making citizens aware that there is another type of administration is key to fight authoritarianism, and added:
Discussing LGBTIQ rights in Poland, Renew Europe CoR President François Decoster said:
Milosz Hodun (Nowoczesna) and Vice-President of the European Liberal Forum, added:
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The Summit, led by Renew Europe CoR President François Decoster, Mayor of Saint-Omer, France, digitally gathered more than 20 Mayors from 12 different countries on Thursday 26 November 2020, discussing upholding the Rule of Law in Europe with a keynote address by Vice-President of the European Commission Vera Jourova, with special guest reactions by Dirk Wedel, State Secretary, Ministry of Justice, of North Rhine Westphalia and Michal Simecka MEP, EP rapporteur on EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights.
The Liberal Mayors Summit, and the Liberal Mayors Network, meet annually, normally at the ALDE Party Congress. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s edition took place digitally. The participating Mayors or Deputy Mayors were, listed per country, Peter Gysbrechts (Putte), Bart Somers (Mechelen), Johan Tollenaere (Maaseik) from Belgium; Ivan Gulam (Pirovac) Croatia; Cecilia Lonning-Skovgaard and Mia Nyegaard (Copenhagen), Denmark; François Decoster (Saint-Omer), Vincent Chauvet (Autun) from France; Thordis Loa Thorhallddottir (Reykjavik), Iceland; Saverio Bosco (Lentini), Giuseppe Incatasciato (Rosolini), Giuseppe Laccoto (Brolo) and Franceso Mauro (Sellia Marina) from Italy; Remigijus Šimašius (Vilnius), Dovydas Kaminskas (Taurage) from Lithuania; Simone Beissel (Luxembourg City) from Luxemburg; Isabel Albás (Córdoba), Vicente Marañón (Burgos), Begoña Villacís (Madrid), Finabel Martinez Rimero (Fortuna), Vicente Casañ (Albacete) from Spain; Jasna Gabrič (Trbovlje), Slovenia; Madelaine Jakobsson (Nordmalings), Torkild Strandberg (Landskrona), Leif Sandberg (Tomelilla) from Sweden and Keith House (Eastleigh Borough Council), UK.